Octagon and Smoke And Mirrors Creative Bring Thailand “Obsessed” Format to America
Here’s a country you don’t think of for format imports: Thailand. Octagon Entertainment and Smoke And Mirrors Creative are bringing the popular Thailand game show Fan Pan Tae to the United States under the title Obsessed. The format sees devoted fans of a certain subset of pop culture face off to see who knows best. Every week sees these obsessed fans test their ability to ability to recognize pictures, solve puzzles, and identify mystery objects in order to win a prize of a lifetime. The contestants can be obsessed about anything in the world of sports, music, history, literature, science, geography and pop culture. Examples given included anything from motorcycles to Barbie dolls.
“With over 450 episodes already produced for the international market, we know that this draws on a broad array of topics, information and challenges with proven success in attracting a broad audience with richly diverse contestants,” said David Stanley, head of Octagon’s new production division. “We already have several interested buyers and are recruiting contestants and potential hosts for a pilot,” added Darryl Trell and Howard Kitrosser of Smoke & Mirrors. “We saw a hit in this property from the moment we found it and are encouraged that so many buyers feel the same way. It is exciting to be finally getting to the work of creating this show for the American audience.”
Here’s a small look at the Thailand version. Does it look like something that would interest you? I like the idea of the show so I’m curious to see where this can go. Good luck to them. Always nice to see new quiz shows pop up in America.
The original series, Fan Pan Tae, has run for over 450 episodes in its home country of Thailand from Workpoint Entertainment Public Co., Ltd. and is distributed worldwide by Small World IFT.